Bookshelf Roundup: 04/30/22: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads

Bookshelf Roundup is a feature I do every weekend which fills the role of several blog memes, like Stacking the Shelves where I talk about the new books I’ve added to my library or received for review, as well as It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? where I summarize what I’ve finished reading in the last week and what I’m planning to read soon. Mostly it also serves as a recap post, so sometimes I’ll throw in stuff like reading challenge progress reports, book lists, and other random bookish thoughts or announcements.

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A quick update this week! My reading has picked up, but I still need to work on getting those reviews out, and I know I’ve also fallen behind on replying to comments as well as checking out my fellow reviewers’ blogs. Thank you for your continued patience while I get caught up on all the time I lost earlier in the month. As soon as I can, I’ll be up and commenting again!

Received for Review

My thanks to the publishers and authors for the following review copies received, and be sure to click the links to their Goodreads pages for more details and full descriptions!

With thanks to the kind folks at Simon & Schuster who have been introducing me to a lot of new and interesting Middle Grade and Young Adult titles as of late, earlier this week I received a finished copy of The Code Breaker by Walter Isaacson with Sarah Durand which is a young readers adaption of the author’s bestselling book about American biochemist Jennifer Doudna.

Thank you also to Orbit Books for sending me a finished copy of One Foot in the Fade by Luke Arnold. I love that title! This is the third book of the Fetch Phillips Archives series of books featuring our eponymous protagonist who is a human P.I. for hire in a fantasy world where magic is fading. I am so looking forward to accompanying him again on his investigations.

And courtesy of the amazing team at Subterranean Press, I received an ARC of To Blackfyre Keep by Anthony Ryan, book four of The Seven Swords. One of these days I’ll need to catch up with all these novellas, and I really should do it soon if more keep coming out at this pace!

In the digital haul, a big thanks to Simon & Schuster Audio for a listening copy of Speaking Bones by Ken Liu which comes hot on the heels of The Veiled Throne, the final two installments of The Dandelion Dynasty series.

Thanks also to Penguin Random House Audio for the following: All the Seas of the World by Guy Gavriel Kay is one I’m very excited for, because any new book by GGK is a cause to rejoice; The Murder of Mr. Wickham by Claudia Gray is a book I immediately requested as soon as I saw who the author was, and I’m doubly intrigued because it is a historical mystery; Heroic Hearts by Jim Butcher and Kerrie L. Hughes is a collection featuring stories from some of my favorite urban fantasy authors and their series; Hide by Kiersten White sounds very different from her usual stuff, but this is one of my most highly anticipated releases for the year; and finally, When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill is a book I’ve been seeing everywhere lately, and the things people are saying about it definitely made me curious.


In a Garden Burning Gold by Rory Power (4 of 5 stars)
City on Fire by Don Winslow (4 of 5 stars)

What I’ve Been Reading

Have you heard of or read any of the books featured this week? What caught your eye? Any new discoveries? I hope you found something interesting for a future read!

12 Comments on “Bookshelf Roundup: 04/30/22: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads”

  1. I enjoyed When Women were Dragons but a bit disappointed that there wasn’t more about the dragons. I loved Nettle and Bone which was a bit of a surprise as I didn’t expect to.


  2. It’s interesting to see a middelgrade adaptation of an adult book. I hope it works well. I recently finished the first book of The Dandelion Dynasty and hope to start book two before too much longer. And, as often happens, seeing a book in these lists reminds me how much I’ve wanted to try that author, and have even collected many of their books under the assumption I’ll enjoy them. In this case it’s Guy Gavriel Kay.


  3. OOoh nice! I’m excited for Hide! I can’t wait for Kiersten’s take on the thriller genre! Hope you enjoy all of your amazing new reads!

    My StS will be up tomorrow, so stop by then if you can!

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂


  4. I’m going to have to figure out who to blackmail so I can get my hands on Blackfyre Keep… I mean, I could maybe just ask nicely, but that doesn’t seem as much fun. I really enjoyed Hide and hope you do too! And I just couldn’t fit the Fetch Phillips one in, even though I liked the first one. Did you read the second? Dead Man in a Ditch, if I remember correctly.


  5. I feel you about catching up with everything – it is difficult once you get behind (also with the pressure of wanting to catch up with review books). But, I’m just taking my time, blog by blog, book by book, eventually I will get there and so will you 😀
    Lynn 😀


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